"Medford Stone Fence" cocktail at Olio. | Patrick J. Hurley
The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.
As we stand at the cusp of the season, we turn from the bright, citrusy, light gin drinks of summer to the deeper and more complex flavors of fall. The October cocktail list at Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) promises some outstanding seasonal treats. John Fausz, bar manager at Olio and Elaia and general manager of Olio, has just finished up the list. "October's a loose theme -- 'harvest' being the best single idea to frame it," Fausz says. He acknowledges that this sounds cliché, but rest assured, Olio's take on the season is wholly unique.More »